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Research interests

  • Marine biodiversity
  • Threatened and protected species


David Harasti is a Senior Research Scientist based at the Port Stephens Fisheries Institute. He is a marine biologist with over 15 years experience working on threatened marine species and marine biodiversity. David previously worked in threatened species management, focusing on recovery plans for species such as grey nurse, great white sharks and black cod, before commencing research on evaluation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in 2008. David also co-supervises several Honours and PhD students.


  • PhD – University of Technology, Sydney
  • BAppSc (Hons) – University of Canberra

Current projects

  • Changes in fish assemblages in response to MPAs
  • Long term monitoring of black cod distribution and abundance
  • Assessment of growth and population abundance of juvenile white sharks
  • Movements of snapper within a Marine Protected Area (MPA)
  • Effects of habitat degradation on seahorse populations
  • Distribution and abundance of estuarine soft coral habitats

Recent publications

Please refer to David Harasti's Google Scholar page or Research Gate page.

Professional associations and activities

  • Australian Marine Science Association
  • Australian Society for Fish Biology
  • IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Stickleback (SPS) Specialist Group

Contact details

Email: david.harasti@dpi.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 4916 3821